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Texas Could Set a Record for Peak Energy Usage This Summer

by On May 16 2017

This summer, Texans are in for a little good news and a little bad news. The good news is that meteorologists believe that this summer will be ever-so-slightly cooler than average. The bad news is that Texas is still on pace to set a new record for peak electricity usage.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the nonprofit company that operates the state’s grid, expects a peak usage this summer of about 73,000 megawatts. That projection is based on average peak weather conditions during the past 14 years.

Last year, demand topped 70,000 megawatts five times and reached a maximum of 71,110 megawatts on August 11. ERCOT estimates that one megawatt is enough electricity to power 200 homes on a hot summer day.

Peak demand for electricity is often a time of high price and/or stress for consumers. Fortunately, the state should have the resources to cover demand. ERCOT announced in May that the State of Texas expects to have enough electricity to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming from June through September. The state’s total generation capacity is estimated to be nearly 82,000 megawatts. If the projections are right, Texas would have about 5,500 megawatts in reserves when peak demand arrives.

The hotter it gets, the more electricity Texans tend to use in the summertime. Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that most of Texas will have lower-than-usual temperatures from June through August. Chances of hotter weather are slightly higher in a stretch of Texas along the Gulf Coast.

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